Walton County Sheriff's Office - Peer Wellness Advocate

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Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitlePeer Wellness Advocate
Salary$42,634 to $47,904 Annually (Based on Experience)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement

Walton County Sheriff's Office, FL Police Jobs

General Statement of Job

This position serves as the initial point of contact for employees referred to the employee assistance program. Responsible for referring agency employees and family members to appropriate mental health and/or counseling services, and other agency and community resources to effectively meet the presenting need of the employee and/or family members. Responsible for scheduling necessary appointments and maintaining communication with the employee and external referral. This position must have a positive and supportive attitude toward the agency and its overall success. Must have the ability to think globally, solve problems and have good decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED equivalent.
  • Associate Degree or two years of experience in employee assistance programming, human resources, or peer support.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or four (4) years of experience in employee assistance programming, human resources, or peer support.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides referral to treatment resources for a variety of problems that may be affecting an employee’s mental health and/or job performance.
  • Serve as liaison between employee, agency, and external service providers.
  • Consults with management and supervisory personnel concerning employee’s seeking/requesting assistance with referrals for mental health, substance abuse and/or counseling services.
  • Maintains a comprehensive list of external resources for employees.
  • Provides a framework to assist and encourage employees to maintain their health and wellbeing.
  • Maintains on-going contact list for follow up on employees, treatment providers, and treatment results.
  • Responds to inquiries concerning employment assistance programs, stress effects concerning first responder activities, and related issues; schedules appointments as necessary.
  • Maintains files, records, and case documentation in compliance with established regulatory standards, Florida State Statutes, State Administrative Code, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies, regulations, and guidelines, i.e. HIPAA.
  • Adheres to agency policies and procedures; maintains client confidentiality as expected by ethical standards.
  • Attend training as requested to provide education on the offerings of the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Work in conjunction with all divisions to develop relationships with employees.
  • Perform all essential job functions of Peer Wellness Specialist on an as needed basis.
  • Maintain a working relationship with outside agencies.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Interact in a professional manner with customers/clients.
  • Must be comfortable in discussing mental health and wellness concerns with employees in a professional manner.
  • Must be able to perform in a team environment.
  • Understand organizational culture, clinical and interpersonal issues that customers/clients may have and provide recommendations and professional feedback to identify solutions within their environment. 
  • Strong computer skills, writing and interpersonal communication skills are required. 
  • Ability to drive and access to a safe and reliable vehicle to attend customer appointments is necessary.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.

Standards to Perform Job Functions

Physical Requirements:

  • Sit up to 6 hours per day
  • Stand up 4 hours per day
  • Walk up 4 hours per day
  • Frequently lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Occasionally lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Frequently bend, reach, or twist

The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. Veterans are encouraged to apply. Pursuant to applicable state and federal law, preference and priority shall be given to certain service members and veterans (including spouses and family members of such service members and veterans), and certain service members may be eligible for waiver of post-secondary educational requirements as provided in Chapter 295, Florida Statutes.

Please direct questions regarding this position to work@waltonso.org

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